JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 162 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(93 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers (in 10 reviews)

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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFreedom, personal growth is allowed

    ConsNo direction, no training and bad benefit

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    Company grew through acquisitions, so really depends on which site/group you are a part of.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCurrent CEO has done a good job over the past 5 years integrating all of the different sites to be more unified - one culture, improved communication, common goals.
    Pretty reasonable/flexible work schedule - heavy when critical deadlines, more relaxed when things are slower, not constant sweatshop.
    Diverse in terms of products/technology and sites/locations - opportunity to move around if you want to try something new by moving internally.

    ConsHR is unimpressive - no real concept of employee development/career paths, managers a lot of times on their own to handle their reports, have seen improvements over past couple of years though.
    Saw a lot of hiring from outside at higher management levels, rather than promoting/growing leaders from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of people who care and want to do well for themselves and the business unit.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people within the business unit and excellent solutions.

    ConsNew management can't harness talent of existing team

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your people and you will be successful

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    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

    Engineer (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsWork with some of the greatest people, lots of personal freedom, great products. Culture at the worker level is top-notch. Vacation policy is discretionary which allows for tons of free time so long as your manager approves it (the low level managers are great).

    ConsToo many layers of management, penny-pinching, un-trusting mid and senior level management, very little growth or lateral move opportunity, no training, low salary increases, low bonuses. Careers often feel stagnated or stalled after a few years.

    Advice to Senior Managementremove layers of management, concentrate on employees and their training/growth, work towards long-term and not just near-term "lean" savings, invest in proven technology areas versus stripping them down to invest in "potential" markets for growth

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    JDSU

    Production Technician (Current Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsJDSU maintains a diverse workforce.

    ConsJDSU treats all employees like chattle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what your employees actually do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall office environment, everyone knows everyone well.

    ConsNothing much to complaint except they decided to close down the office in Penang.

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    Well managed and structured sales organization - desire to be great

    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsBrand recognition, invested in providing sales force with resources to succeed (demo equipment, expenses, training, etc) , sales management. Solid comp plans.

    ConsProduct quality dipping in places. Top line management making some questionable roadmap decisions. Lot of outsiders coming in and long term talent departing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNSE: Don't lose sight of our core competency for designing and selling top quality telecom instrumentation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Managed Company Wver

    Vice President (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsMy last day at the Company.

    ConsTurnover, blame, no growth, poor employee morale, ineffective top management, no trust, more turnover, hire/fire every quarter, more turnover, "snake oil" top management, acquire and fire, friends of DWH club.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management - Fire yourself soon. Watch the stock go up. You have failed the investors who have entrusted you with their money. There is no one else to blame. If you continue down the same path, the company will be profitable someday but only one employee will be remaining....DWH.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You will love the people you work with and hate the people you work for.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsJDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan. The R&D team at the Germantown office is a tight knit group that can really help young engineers find their way in the field.

    ConsThe main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy. Over the last few years every penny has been squeezed out of the organization for the sake of quarterly numbers. All of this has come at the expense of the long term outlook for the organization.

    When management does decide to present a long term plan is generally comes across as marketing spin with little substance behind it.

    Bonuses are based on unrealistic goals which a majority of employees have no ability to affect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are great employees at JDSU, if you focus more on what they are saying and less on how analysts will perceive the next quarterly report things will get better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Good Review, In Spite of JDSU

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsI enjoyed learning about, and being a contributor to, the technology and its applications for everyday products.
    The corporate culture was open, friendly, and helpful - a singular occurrence these days.
    I was able to grow my career and develop new skills

    ConsToo many computer systems and software - every time JDSU bought another company, we'd have to learn and incorporate their system and methods.
    JDSU's corporate culture was systematically eroding the friendly atmosphere of our division (Custom Optics, Santa Rosa, CA). The homogenization process will remove the essential core of what made OCLI successful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the smaller companies bought to maintain their individuality. They were, presumably, purchased because of their success and product. Removing unique corporate character will inevitably harm both.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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